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Tracing old firearms.
wddodge Posts: 1,150 Senior Member
I'm cleaning up an old Winchester .22 that's been neglected for years if not decades. After getting thru layers of patina/grease/mouse poop, I found where someone etched what looks like a social security number on the underside of the barrel. I'm sure this was before identity theft was even thought of.
I'm wondering if there is a legal way of using this number to search who owned this rifle?? There is a side of me thinking that this may have been someones grandpa's rifle and may want it back in the family.
Participating in a gun buy back program because you think that criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you think your neighbors have too many kids.... Clint Eastwood
123-45-XXXX is how ALL social security numbers are formatted.
Looking up the corresponding person may not even be legal???
If nothing else, do a google search on the model number, or post it here and someone can probably look it up.
Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
A friend had a Marlin 22 stolen and years later it was recovered and returned to him.